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Zen Spiral Afghan
Pattern Number: 70629AD
Rating: ****
4.1 (based on 8 reviews)
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Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by JoAnn Clark on 2012-01-02 *****
I made this afghan for my mother-in-law for Christmas and she loved it! I really enjoyed working on the pattern (even though the later rounds felt endless some nights because they just took so long! :) ) I used Cocoa for A, Burgundy for B, Natural Heather for C, Mushroom for D, and Caramel for E.

I saw the reviews from others saying how the pattern was a little tricky to understand. Here's some notes I made for myself when I saw patterns in the pattern emerging that might be helpful to others:

1) I met the gauge with the K-10.5 hook. However, my project ended up about 10-12" shy of the pattern's size - very frustrating! (I added some rows since I had some extra yarn. More on that later...)

2) I'm mathematically inclined by nature, so as I started working on the afghan, I started seeing some numeric patterns emerge that helped keep me straight on my stitch counts. Since each round was comprised of 8 parts (segments), I worked my rounds that way. A segment (to me) was the total # of hdc's in 1/8th of the round, with the last 2 hdc's of that segment being worked in the same stitch to serve as the increase.

3) I noticed that at a point, my "segment" lengths started to correlate to the Round # I was working on as follows:
a) For Rounds 17-25, the segment length = Current Row # - 1. Example: For row 17, each segment was 16 sts long (including the 2 hdc's in the last stitch to make the increase).
b) For Rounds 27-30, the segment length = Current Row # - 2.
c) For Rounds 32-37, the segment length = Current Row # - 3.
d) For Rounds 39-40, the segment length = Current Row # - 4.
e) For Rounds 42-55, the segment length = Current Row # - 5.
f) For Rounds 57-62, the segment length = Current Row # - 6.
g) For Rounds 64-65, the segment length = Current Row # - 7.
h) For Rounds 67-68, the segment length = Current Row # - 8.

4) I saw the pattern with the colors, so I added a few more rows as follows:

a) Round 69 = with E, hdc in each st around (480 total)
b) Round 70-71 = with C, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts each round (496 total at the end of Round 71)
c) Round 72 = with B, hdc in each st around
d) Round 73 = with A, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts (504 total)
e) Round 74-75 = with B, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts each round (520 total at the end of Round 75)
f) Round 76 = with D, hdc in each st *** need to figure out spacing of spike stitches for this row so it lines up with others in pattern ***
g) Round 77 = with D, hdc in each, increasing 8 sts (528 total)
h) Round 78-79 = with A, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts in each round (544 total at end of Round 79)
i) Round 80 = with A, hdc in each st around
j) Round 81 = with B, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts *** need to figure out spacing of long spike stitches for this row so it lines up with others in pattern ***

I only had enough yarn to finish through Round 74, so Rounds 75+ remain untested.

Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by JoAnn Clark on 2012-01-02 *****
I made this afghan for my mother-in-law for Christmas and she loved it! I really enjoyed working on the pattern (even though the later rounds felt endless some nights because they just took so long! :) ) I used Cocoa for A, Burgundy for B, Natural Heather for C, Mushroom for D, and Caramel for E.

I saw the reviews from others saying how the pattern was a little tricky to understand. Here's some notes I made for myself when I saw patterns in the pattern emerging that might be helpful to others:

1) I met the gauge with the K-10.5 hook. However, my project ended up about 10-12" shy of the pattern's size - very frustrating! (I added some rows since I had some extra yarn. More on that later...)

2) I'm mathematically inclined by nature, so as I started working on the afghan, I started seeing some numeric patterns emerge that helped keep me straight on my stitch counts. Since each round was comprised of 8 parts (segments), I worked my rounds that way. A segment (to me) was the total # of hdc's in 1/8th of the round, with the last 2 hdc's of that segment being worked in the same stitch to serve as the increase.

3) I noticed that at a point, my "segment" lengths started to correlate to the Round # I was working on as follows:
a) For Rounds 17-25, the segment length = Current Row # - 1. Example: For row 17, each segment was 16 sts long (including the 2 hdc's in the last stitch to make the increase).
b) For Rounds 27-30, the segment length = Current Row # - 2.
c) For Rounds 32-37, the segment length = Current Row # - 3.
d) For Rounds 39-40, the segment length = Current Row # - 4.
e) For Rounds 42-55, the segment length = Current Row # - 5.
f) For Rounds 57-62, the segment length = Current Row # - 6.
g) For Rounds 64-65, the segment length = Current Row # - 7.
h) For Rounds 67-68, the segment length = Current Row # - 8.

4) I saw the pattern with the colors, so I added a few more rows as follows:

a) Round 69 = with E, hdc in each st around (480 total)
b) Round 70-71 = with C, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts each round (496 total at the end of Round 71)
c) Round 72 = with B, hdc in each st around
d) Round 73 = with A, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts (504 total)
e) Round 74-75 = with B, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts each round (520 total at the end of Round 75)
f) Round 76 = with D, hdc in each st *** need to figure out spacing of spike stitches for this row so it lines up with others in pattern ***
g) Round 77 = with D, hdc in each, increasing 8 sts (528 total)
h) Round 78-79 = with A, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts in each round (544 total at end of Round 79)
i) Round 80 = with A, hdc in each st around
j) Round 81 = with B, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts *** need to figure out spacing of long spike stitches for this row so it lines up with others in pattern ***

I only had enough yarn to finish through Round 74, so Rounds 75+ remain untested.

Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by Jane Thuirer on 2011-03-20 ****
The picture shows the afghan to be oval not round so that was a dissapointment but the round did turn out nice.

Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by jennie on 2008-11-11 ***
For some reason mine didn't exactlly turn out round, so maybe i followed the directions wrong (they were a little confusing..) however, i still liked the end result. This was made for a good friend who picked his colors of representation. I probably won't do this one again unless more helpful directions are posted.

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Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by kathy parrow on 2008-10-05 ****
I love this pattern. This afghan always gets an ooo!

Zen Spiral Afghan-not as easy as I thought Reviewed by melissa daams on 2008-09-12 ****
I recently finished this afgan. It was fun to make because I had never made a circular afgan before. I had always just made those classic granny square afgans - so this was a nice change. But it was difficult in the beginning because I misread the instructions and increased every 8 stitches instead of a total of 8 stitches around each side as it got bigger and bigger. I don't think the instructions were very clear for a beginner - such as I. Not that I'm a beginner because I've been crocheting for years - but I'm a beginner when it comes to reading patterns. Anyways, I caught on pretty quick that I had it all wrong and had to undo the whole thing. That made me pretty mad. But I was back to the round I should have been on correctly very quick.

Once I started doing it the correct way I finished it in about 2 weeks. It was also nice because once I started doing it correctly I noticed a pattern - that I was making like a rounded octagon - and that I increased at about the same spot every time so I didn't have to count each time when I needed to increase. That was nice and helped it go much quicker and without as many interruptions. I made it using only 3 colors to match the color scheme in the living room and it turned out nicely. I'm very fond of it.

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Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by Karen Kearney on 2008-08-22 ***
Very nice afghan to make, however the pattern is a little tricky to read. The pattern needs a little more explanation in certain parts.

Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by Twila Olson on 2008-08-20 *****
Great pattern. No mistakes. I like having a round afghan - unique!

Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by Anita on 2008-08-02 *****
its going to be fun crocheting a cirle pattern.

 
 
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